Total Psych Out!
Song - Artist - Album
Black Sheep - SRC - SRC
The beauty with radio is the almost complete lack of visual aesthetics. Save for promotional events, the websites and now social networking, the heart of radio is still about the sound that captures your ear. People who listen to WHUS might not know what WE see when we take the wheel. So I provided a mini cyber tour of where the magic happens 24/7.
I warn you-it might not be what you expected, your fairytale view of radio might be tainted, so view these photos at your own risk!
Here is the 'BOARD.' Every device- whether it be computer, microphones, CD/tape/vinyl, satellite is controlled here. This is the steering wheel-and a main reason why we can't be drunk on the air. Anymore.
The phone where YOU call in to request, yell, chat, banter or hate on us. There are six lines, but we only have one in use. However, if you are talking about something rather controversial-they will all light up. We do have a caller I.D., which can be seen in the previous picture (upper right hand corner) SO BEWARE.
WHUS is a 24/7 operation. There is always a REAL LIVE PERSON in the studio, unless there is a fire. From time to time, D.J.'s may get stuck in traffic, come down with an illness, or just are forgetful. In these cases we have protocol to abide by. Usually, 'DEAD' isn't the correct answer-but I've heard stories. Just sayin'.
After 9/11 our country was on edge. Many organizations did not have a proper 'Emergency Plan.' At WHUS, we pride ourselves in a complete, detailed and organized set of instructions to follow in the case of a real emergency. All D.J.'s must memorize the E.P. and at times are asked to execute it to the best of their abilities.
Notice my middle finger. It is placed on the 'Dump' button. When something obscene, indecent or profane is said or played (before 10pm or after 6am) this gets pressed. Digitally erasing the vulgarity thanks to our 16 second delay. I've only used it 232 times.
This is the 'new music' shelf. What we consider 'new' varies on the genre. Alt/Indie/Rock is anything released in the past 6 months. Blues/Jazz is longer, and polkas is anything within the last 25 years.
Our newest feature- the 'Local Music' Shelf. When our local fans, friends and families send in or drop us a copy of their work we place it here. It's a bit empty now, but considering UConn is located in Storrs-this is pretty damn nifty.
I hope you enjoyed this little cyber tour. Join me next time for a tour of our music library, the offices and photos of the staff throwing eggs at UCTV.
Joe THAT'S ME!